Story at a glance

  • Eugene Goodman is a Capitol Police officer who diverted a mob during the insurrection on the Capitol.
  • Goodman has since been promoted and escorted Vice President Harris to the inauguration.
  • While Goodman himself has remained quiet, he has received much praise online.

Since Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman risked his own safety to divert a mob from the Senate chamber during the insurrection at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, he became a national hero overnight. In the weeks since, the Black officer who stood alone against mostly white Trump supporters has become a symbol of both the bravery of Capitol Police officers and the failure of their leadership.


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But on Inauguration Day, Goodman, who escorted Vice President Harris to the stage, was announced on national television as acting deputy House sergeant-at-arms, a promotion that garnered nearly as much attention as his camel coat and Gucci scarf online.


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While Goodman himself has not spoken publicly about his actions that day, the country is abuzz with calls for honors. A bill introduced in the House of Representatives proposes awarding Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal "for his bravery and quick thinking" and a Change.org petition with more than 80,000 signatures is calling for him to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

"Officer Eugene Goodman recognized a critical moment where the lives of others were at stake. He courageously risked himself to divert rioters and exemplifies the courage [and] bravery that is the hallmark of Capitol law enforcement. In a very difficult time, his character shone through," says the petition. "He is an American hero."


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Published on Jan 21, 2021